How to add driver for Ethernet cards on ESXi 4

Posted on 2009-12-26
Last Modified: 2013-11-11
I have 1 built in and 3 PCI cards that I would like to use

here is the out put of lspci | grep "Ethernet"

Realtek rtl8111/8168B pci express gigabit Ethernet controller
Broadcomm netextreme bcm5721 gigabit Ethernet [vmnic0]
Dlink dge-560t pci express gigabit Ethernet adapter
3com 3c920 PCI integrated fast Ethernet controller

but only the second one is detected

how can add drivers for the rest?
Question by:piotrmikula108
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    I don't think teh realtek nics are supported but you should check the HCL to ensure that the nics you are using are supported. At least with full blown ESX 4.0 there may have been a chance but with ESXi and lack of service console there is not a way to add drivers.

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    paulsolov...nice reference. no realtek, dlink or 3com listed. I would be surprised if Broadcomm did not make it ;)
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    looks like this one may work listed at
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    If you have a 3Com built in card you probably have a PCI X or PCI 100/133 bus.  The link is for PCI-E, which is PCI Express.  Make sure you have the card that matches your hardware.

    The broadcom and intel cards usually work.  For Intel, if it uses the E1000 driver than it will work for sure.

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    yes, I have 2 PCI-E slots, thanks

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